Musical Times

A quarterly publication that covers topics in classical music and includes an extensive archive of obituaries of leading musicians.

Articles from Vol. 151, No. 1913, Winter

All Together Now?
All together now? Music, culture and social reform in the age of Wagner James Garratt Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2010); xi, 292pp; £55, $95. isbn 978 0 521 1054 9.Near the start of this admirable book, James Garratt declares that his 'aim...
Bach's Chorus: No Change
Way back in 1 98 1, when Joshua Rifkin first set out his 'bold thesis' on the size and nature of Bach's chorus,1 the musicological community's instant response was an unmistakable thumbs down. The ensuing 'heated debate ' - or rather the topic itself...
Beethoven's 'Distant Beloved': The 'Only One'
In a union of souls', evidence was presented which revealed Maximiliane Brentano as the likely object of Beethoven's infatuation, known as the 'distant beloved'.' Motifs were found to link the song cycle 'An die ferne Geliebte' op.98 to the Piano Sonata...
Blessed Assurance: Some Secular Uses of the Chorale
THE DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF THE CHORALE, as Percy Scholes has pointed out, can be traced to its congregational function: 'one of Luther's most striking innovations was in the provision of hymns and tunes for their singing'.1 There had, of course, been...
Donauweibchen
Donauweibchen Marianna Martines: a woman composer in the Vienna of Mozart and Haydn Irving Godt Edited by John A. Rice University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY, & Woodbridge, 2OT0); xvii, 299PP; £40, $75. ISBN 978 t 58046 351 5.Given her leading...
English Endeavours
Essays on the history of Engluh music: sources, style, performance, historiography Edited by Emma Hornby & David Maw The Boydell Press ( Woodbridge, 2010); xv, 348pp; £50, $95. isbn 978 1 84383 535 6.The consort music of William Lowes 1602-1645 John...
From the Celtic to the Abstract: Shifting Perspectives in the Music of John Buckley
Born on 19 December 1951, John Buckley is regarded as one of the finest Irish composers of his generation. Alongside Gerald Barry (1952), Jerome de Bromhead (1945), Frank Corcoran (1944), Raymond Deane (1953), Roger Doyle (1949) and Jane O'Leary (1946)...
Letters
HWV 301It has long been common knowledge that Handel had a fluctuating relationship with John Walsh (father and son), the London printers who published a large body of his instrumental music. While some Walsh editions of Handel (notably the op.4 organ...
Marguerite De Pachmann: A Forgotten Woman Pianist and Composer
TO COMPOSE A GRAND CONCERTO was the not-so-seeret ambition of most 19th-century pianists, as witnessed by the expanding Romantic Piano Concerto series of CDs from Hyperion, now numbering 51 volumes at last count and comprising more than 1 20 concerted...
Mozart and the Castrati
DURING the ? 8th century Italian vocal music was dominated by the voices of castrati and from a very early age Mozart encountered these extraordinary singers. Throughout his career he composed music, mostly operatic but also liturgical and concert arias,...
Promoted to Glory
Promoted to glory Richard Wagner: self-promotion and the making of a brand Nicholas Vazsonyi Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2010); xii, 222pp; £55, $95. ISBN 978 o 52t 51996 o.That Richard Wagner was a self-publicist of the first order is doubted...
Resurrection Man
Resurrection man August Halm: a critical and creative life in music Lee A. Rothfarb University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY, 2009); xix, 293pp; £50, $8o. isbn 978 1 58046 329 4.IT is not uncommon for scholars who admire Heinrich Schenker's understanding...
Schoeck Tactics
Schoeck tactics Othmar Schoeck: life ana1 works Chris Walton University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY, 2009); xvii, 447pp; £40, $70. ISBN 978 1 58046 300 3.I MUST CONFESS that the Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck is virgin territory for me, hence my...
Scholar Cantorum
Scholar cantorum The Christian west and its singers: the first thousand years Christopher Page Yale University Press (New Haven & London, 1010); xxiv, 692pp; £30, $45. isbn 978 0 300 112573.SPEAKING AS A CHORAL MUSICIAN who has experienced something...
The Orchestral Works of Samuel Akpabot, a Nigerian Composer-Ethnomusicologist
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL AKPABOT tells a unique story of a fascinating journey traversing six decades and three continents. Akpabot 's life, music and scholarly activities are a fine example of intercultural musicology and recount an odyssey which moved through...